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TimesLIVE reports that according to one of more than 60 commuters who escaped a fire that burnt a bus to ashes on Friday morning, if it wasn't for the early warning signs they could have all died in the blaze.

The North West Transport Investment (NTI) bus ferrying 62 commuters from Mathibestad in Hammanskraal to Centurion caught alight at about 3.45am. The fire was allegedly caused by an electrical wiring fault. Clifford Matube, general secretary of the Botlhaba Commuters Forum, said the headlamps suddenly went off while the bus was moving and then some passengers seated at the front started to complain about smelling smoke. “I told the driver something was burning and he stopped the bus on the side of the road. After stopping the bus we saw a lot of smoke from the engine,” Matube reported. Fearing for their lives, passengers started to kick open the emergency windows as the passenger door was locked and couldn't open. Some passengers exited through the driver's door. The passengers were safely transported home by a second bus which had passed the scene. NTI spokesperson Freddy Speng confirmed it was their bus that caught alight. No injuries were reported to them. He said they were investigating the cause of the fire.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Phathu Luvhengo at SowetanLive

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